MICROSOFT has taken its Windows Live package out of beta claiming the the package of free desktop programs for e-mail, instant messaging, blogging and sharing photos is a "upgrade for Windows".
The package includes Windows Live Mail, which can grab messages from several free Web-based e-mail accounts, including Microsoft's Hotmail, Google Gmail and AOL e-mail.
It allows punters to read and respond to mail even when they're not online and will fill a hole left by Outlook Express.
There is the Windows Live Photo Gallery lets users manipulate and organize digital photos and upload them to Flickr and to Windows Live Spaces, Vole's own blogging site. Live Spaces uses Live Writer, for writing blog posts, the Live Messenger instant-messaging program and Live Family Safety which provides parent controls for the whole thing.
Although the beast is out of beta there is not a lot of difference between the new and the old versions. It still looks like a Google clone in Microsoft drag.
According to AP, Microsoft is planning "one of the largest online advertising campaigns" to flog the service. He has paid for 10 billion Web ad impressions on Microsoft's MSN sites and third-party sites. µ
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